Foreign body in the appendix presenting as acute appendicitis: A case report

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Sama, CB
Aminde, LN
Njim, TN
Angwafo, FF
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2016
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Background: Foreign bodies are a rare cause of appendicitis. In most instances, ingested foreign bodies pass through the alimentary tract asymptomatically. However, those that enter the lumen of the vermiform appendix may not be able to re-enter the colon and may initiate an inflammatory process. We report a case of acute appendicitis induced by an unusual foreign body. Case presentation: A 26-year-old Sub-Saharan woman presented with right iliac fossa pain and tenderness. She underwent an open appendectomy which revealed a condom fragment within the appendiceal lumen. A detailed retrospective history confirmed accidental ingestion of the condom 2 weeks prior to onset of symptoms. Conclusions: Although a rare finding, a variety of foreign bodies can be lodged in the appendix and may instigate an inflammatory process. There is a need to increase awareness of the potential dangers of ingested foreign bodies.

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Journal of Medical Case Reports

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10

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© 2016 Sama et al. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

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Other health sciences

Appendicitis

Condom

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Sama, CB; Aminde, LN; Njim, TN; Angwafo, FF, Foreign body in the appendix presenting as acute appendicitis: A case report, Journal of Medical Case Reports, 2016, 10 (1), pp. 129:1-129:3

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